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Her Podcast Started Four Years Ago – At Age 6!

Her Podcast Started Four Years Ago – At Age 6!

Go on the Castbox app and in the search bar start typing in ‘Story Time’ and even go so far as to add the word ‘with.’ You’ll start to see several results come up, but when you complete your entry by adding ‘Emma,’ you’ll land on a show done by Emma Criddle who just turned ten years old in December. But she’s not new to the medium. Her podcast started four years ago – at age 6! As a result, “Story Time with Emma” has more than 650 episodes as a new installment is released every weekday. Back in 2016 she started recording audio for kids in Tanzania who could only listen to audio online due to limited 2G and 3G internet access. The kids wanted books for Christmas, so she delivered them stories. It eventually turned into a podcast. Reading children’s books for kids and families to listen to, nowadays she records at home with a cellphone – although quite a few recordings have been submitted by fans – and episodes are often times a hearty 25 minutes in length! Emma’s father, Jason, says, “She just loves reading. Even if she wasn’t recording, she would still be reading every day, so, may as well keep recording.” Although Emma is not monetizing her podcast, don’t confuse that with there not being an entrepreneurial eye. Emma wants to be a famous singer and actor someday, so the feeling is that building her brand early helps with that vision. In fact, she goes into schools and libraries to teach children how they can use free resources to begin building their own...
Podcast Proves Perfect Home for Advertiser Product

Podcast Proves Perfect Home for Advertiser Product

While the traditional mediums are still around and regularly considered by companies looking to get their message out, it’s 2020 and nowadays it’s a podcast that proves to be the perfect home for an advertiser product. One need look no further than the testimony to that in the story of Joseph Berto and his unique item and the audio home it has found. Ten years ago, Berto invented an auto-sifting sand cleaning tool that was successfully used for separating the oil from beach sand. This tool helped pick up the oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig disaster, and was especially useful around sensitive areas, such as turtle nesting sites. After the spill cleanup was completed, Berto began to look at other markets for this innovative and patented product. He soon realized it would be perfect for horse owners too. The tried and true methods To sell the product and gain exposure, for many years he traveled the country attending horse expositions and shows, standing in a booth pitching the product. However, as much as the horse people loved the product, direct sales like this was a time consuming and expensive way to market the Shake'n Fork. At one show he met an As-Seen-on-TV marketer, but although they loved the product and promised to make "Make (him) a millionaire," their reality didn't match their hype and the show was never aired. Berto was contacted and interviewed by Tractor Supply Company in Nashville, Tennessee. They too loved the product, but felt the margins were a bit soft. They said that they would help him set up manufacturing in...
How Jen Briney Monetized Her Podcast Without Corporate Sponsors

How Jen Briney Monetized Her Podcast Without Corporate Sponsors

You're starting a podcast and (ugh) want to know how to profit from it, but Jen Briney monetized her podcast without corporate sponsors. So, while newbies shouldn't even be thinking that far out yet, know that there most certainly are myriad ways to (eventually) bring in dollars from your show. In other words, it's not just sponsors-or-bust. Jen Briney’s podcast, Congressional Dish, is essential listening for people who want to know what’s happening in the halls of Congress. Fiercely independent and driven by Jen’s passion for research, each episode breaks down complex legislation and spotlights news from the House and Senate. This labor of love has been Jen’s full-time job since 2012. But instead of having corporate sponsors, Jen relies on her listeners to support the podcast. Here’s how she makes it work while still having time to read every word of the Congressional bills she discusses on the show. Starting without a monetization plan When Jen started Congressional Dish, she and her husband decided to test the format for a year. “We decided to take the financial pressure off of it,” she said, and they agreed she wouldn’t initially try to make money from the show. When she started monetizing in late 2013, she set up a PayPal account. Listeners contributed about $25 in monthly subscriptions, which paid her hosting costs. That foundation grew slowly but steadily, Jen said, in part because she was honest with listeners — especially when her husband became unemployed and the pair had to move across the country. Jen waited tables for nine months while also working on Congressional Dish. She said her...
Counting Down to Podfest, Exactly Two Months Away

Counting Down to Podfest, Exactly Two Months Away

As we settle in with the first full week of the new year and new decade, the calendar shows January 6th, which means that counting down to Podfest is exactly two months away. March 6-8, 2020 will mark the sixth edition of the annual international conference formally known as Podfest Multimedia Expo. President John F. Kennedy once said we can’t know where we’re going unless we know where we’ve been. And thus, on this two-months-out mark, it’s fitting to look back and see where this massive event got its start and how it became a destination that an expected 1,500 attendees will soon flock to central Florida for. Podfest was born in the last decade, and over that time podcasters have been seen changing the world with their messages. 2013 Seeds are planted via Steve Cherubino from Android Apps Addicts while teaching a small class at a meetup Chris Krimitsos was hosting. 2014 Krimitsos hosts two podcasting workshops in the first three months of the year. It's during those workshops that it's decided that a yearly gathering is needed to properly support one another. 2015 The first official Podfest, with 100 attendees and VERY strong sense of community. 2016 Podfest doubled in size to 181 attendees and commissioned the official documentary about the medium of podcasting called “The Messengers: A Podcast Documentary.” Crowdfunding hits 123% of goal and the film is funded by the community at large. (Click here to watch the movie.) This is also the year that several events get implemented and help to further a sense of community and support within the community. The Strategic Alliance...
Listener Support Helps Bring 40-Person Choir to Audio Drama’s Soundtrack

Listener Support Helps Bring 40-Person Choir to Audio Drama’s Soundtrack

Getting your subscribers to contribute to your podcast is one thing, but using that listener support to help bring in a 40-person choir for your audio drama’s soundtrack is a great way to (re-)invest in your own show. When you’re in the U.S. and that 40-person choir is from Budapest, now your show is truly international. That’s what Travis Vengroff can claim in talking about his show “Dark Dice” and the soundtrack he was able to fund and facilitate for it. Already a multi-instrumentalist and producer for 16 years, he knew in early 2018 that he wanted to “give the show my best at a worthy soundtrack. This would be an opportunity to show my strength as a musician and music director, to showcase the work of friends, to do justice to the story, and to challenge myself after about four years of relative musical silence.” Most content creators at some point are faced with a decision regarding audio, but few go to the lengths of enlisting a sound designer or sourcing a 40-person choir from another country. For Vengroff, though, it wasn’t as difficult as it might sound. Leveraging contacts “I called an old friend… who knows how to capture a Hollywood sound without a Hollywood budget, and can turn a basic idea into exactly what I want,” Vengroff explained. “He and I went from idea to arrangement… within a few hours. “From there, he got to work on the choir arrangement, because I felt it would sound much better with an actual choir… I knew a choir in Budapest, and wrote lyrics while Enzo (Puzzovio, a fairly...
Jamila Souffrant Celebrates One Million Downloads

Jamila Souffrant Celebrates One Million Downloads

You might choose not to hype the occasion of your 100th episode, but Jamila Souffrant celebrates one million downloads for sure, as most podcasters would and should. In doing so she says she’s “always been a saver.” Born in Jamaica and raised in Brooklyn by a single mom, she learned that hard work and commitment to grow could change everything. “I get my courage and my willingness to thrive from her,” says Souffrant, creator of the "Journey to Launch" podcast. “She worked her butt off to put herself in a better position. That's what shaped me. “She also taught me to save. But when it came to building wealth, I really didn't have a framework for that.” Through a little bit of luck and a whole lot of hustle, Souffrant built one herself. In a very special episode of Journey to Launch, she celebrates one million downloads with a look back on how she reached financial freedom –– all while launching a brand, growing a community of listeners, and raising a family in New York City. Countdown to liftoff: save and invest In college, Souffrant earned a business degree “because I wanted to earn as much money as possible,” she says. She landed a prestigious internship and a full-time corporate job. But it wasn’t long before she knew that ultimately, she wanted to work for herself. “I just felt that in my bones,” Souffrant says. “I hated the fact that people had to ask for time off or to take vacations. I remember saying to myself, ‘that's not me. There's no way I'm going to be asking anyone for...